Tuesday 20 August 13
I had the pleasure of a day at Brighton races with my youngest yesterday and spotted a horse to follow AND one from Yarmouth, both of whom will be revealed to you in tomorrows weekly article – otherwise what will I have left to write about? AS for the rest of the card, I did suffer slightly from wallet talking syndrome (you know the one, where you see a conspiracy at every turn when your selections lose), with Martin Lane’s rice on Sovereign Power taking the majority of my vitriol (and my cash). Breaking smartly when the stalls opened, the son of Royal Applause had won here when staying on well over a mile and a quarter before finding another two furlongs beyond him next time out when a well beaten third at Bath, so was I wrong to assume he would take then along at a decent pace to take the sting out of his rivals finishes over the mile trip? Sadly, that was not to be as they strolled off at close to walking pace (I like to exaggerate for any new readers out there), before being outpaced late on and staying on at one pace in to fourth. The times suggest I may have it wrong (three seconds slower than standard on pretty quick ground), but I do think he could have ben closer with a more positive ride. Lastly, avoid the well backed Banreenahreenkah who came with every chance, despite being switched numerous times by Kieren Fallon, but looked unwilling to go past Jewelled when the chance arose. Seven runs without success now come as no great surprise and it will take a serious training feat to get her head in front and as things stand, will be happy top lay her until I see some kind of a change of attitude.